Concerning Evolution

Concerning Evolution

Concerning Evolution

Concerning Evolution

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In 1924 the Corporation of Yale University did me the honor of asking me to deliver the first series of Dwight H. Terry Lectures. I have to thank the Corporation for this fine opportunity and for the many kindnesses shown to me during my visit to Yale.

I was led by the widespread discussion of Evolution to devote the three lectures to different aspects of evolutionist inquiry. They deal with the Making of Worlds, the Evolution of Organisms, and the Emergence of Man. My object was to show that evolutionist description is not inconsistent with religious interpretation. Indeed the evolutionist view of Nature and of Man makes for enrichment and encouragement. The lectures are not systematic expositions of evolution in the domain of things, the realm of organisms, and the kingdom of man: they are intended rather to show how evolutionary science may illumine the religious outlook. The lectures are published almost as they were spoken, except that the second has been much expanded. I am greatly indebted to Professor J. H. McGregor of Columbia University for his permission to use a photograph of three of his remarkable restorations.

J. ARTHUR THOMSON.

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